It was pretty clear that Geno Smith wasn’t entering ever rookie’s dream scenario in New York. The Jets were fresh off a failed Tebow experience, had little to no offensive weapons, and the former starting quarterback was still on the roster with a contract that made it hard not to play him. If it wasn’t for Sanchez going down with injury in the pre-season I question if Smith would have even gotten all 16 games to show was he was capable of.
Regardless Smith was able to start all 16 games of the regular season, much to the dismay of the Matt Simms supporters out there, and he performed like rookie quarterbacks used to before guys like Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson screwed up the curve. Smith did show some glimpses of what he was able to do, and normally the second season is when a young quarterback is able to show improvement, but will Smith get that chance?
The Jets tried to pull off the good old Friday afternoon news dump, which is designed to gain as little attention as possible….yeah good luck with that in this day and age. In a move that was bound to happen sooner than later the Jets dumped Sanchez, shortly before they announced the signing of Michael Vick to a one-year deal.
The deal poses a lot of questions, what about Geno? Were those 16 games enough for the Jets management to move on from the 23-year-old sophomore quarterback, for an injury prone 34-year-old quarterback on his final legs… maybe. The issue last season was that the backup wasn’t a viable option to start when Smith struggled, that problem is now solved.
If Smith does end up winning the starting job, will the fans chant Ge-NO! whenever he makes a mistake and beg the Jets to put in Vick, like they did with Sanchez/Tebow? Could Vick merely be a stop-gap quarterback brought in to help Rex keeps his job until the right quarterback emerges? This could be a likely scenario as Ryan, regardless of contract extensions, is very much on the hot seat this season.
You can make almost any argument sound justifiable, did brining in Vick make the team better…yes, in the short term it does.
An interesting byproduct of signing Vick is do the Jets make a big push for Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who is reportedly on the trading block? After looking at Jackson’s Instagram you would get the idea that he wouldn’t be against joining Gang Green. If I was a betting man I’d put some money on the Jets throwing a pick or two at Philly to try and land Jackson…but they might not be the only ones in the AFC East trying to land Jackson.
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